When you give someone a key to his own apartment, you are giving that person a new life, filled with hope and dignity.
No more will this person have to move from cot to cot, bunk to bunk, alley to alley. No longer will this person have to search for hygiene supplies and an available and clean shower. Housing someone – as we do through the Housing Ministries of Catholic Charities – removes the need for a life in survival mode, when a day’s work involves searching for meals and shelter from inclement weather.
Opening the door to that apartment is just the beginning. A life on the streets leaves people with very few belongings, and they arrive in their new lives without the basics needed to furnish an apartment. At Catholic Charities, we can provide those necessities to the veterans we house because the grant funding for that program covers a move-in kit.
Other clients are not so lucky. Move-in kits are not covered under the grants that fund our Housing services for non-veterans. So simple items such as an air mattress, cleaning supplies, sheets, towels and dishes are not provided.
When one of these clients open the door to a new apartment; he opens the door to shelter without comfort – a kitchen without dishes, a shower without a shower curtain, a bedroom without a bed or mattress.
Catholic Charities has the goal of providing move-in kits for all of our Housing Ministry clients. We want them to begin their new lives with hope and the dignity of the basic necessities all human beings need to live comfortably
Learn more about how you can help here.